Things to do with Marshmallows

July 30, 2010 at 9:38 am Leave a comment

The marshmallow is, I believe, the most diverse of candies. Besides eating and roasting, here are some ideas for crafts, dental hygiene, weapons, and auto repair.

McCall’s Magazine has the cutest ideas, circa 1972. Just a few toothpicks and you’re on your way. Image posted by  The Happy Apple, via Flikr

Kids won’t brush? Marshmallow mouth makes it fun! Find out how at The Mother Huddle

Here’s your  basic weaponry, confectionery style. Accuracy up to 15 feet! But please don’t eat the ammo. How to’s and more at Ultimate Camp Resource.

And last, the auto repair.

From the indispensible candy resource, Popular Science (March 1921 P. 66)

Mend Leaks with Marshmallows

Carry a tin of marshmallows on long automobile trips. Should a hole develop in any of the gasoline pipes, a marshmallow will fix it.

The sugar and gum arabic in the marshmallow will not dissolve when brought in contact with gasoline. Thus the marshmallow can be wrapped around the hole and fastened in place with tape.

Well, you might want to have a plan B. Most marshmallow these days is made with gelatin instead of gum arabic. And I don’t know anyone who can find the gasoline pipes in today’s computers-on-wheels. But still, it’s good to know.

Lots more about marshmallows at these related posts:

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